WONCA Rio 2016 Bursary Report from Dr Oleksii Korzh

I was honored to receive the WONCA Europe Bursary for the WONCA World Conference in Rio de Janeiro in November of 2016. Participation in this event allowed me to achieve more development and advancement of understanding different methodologies and concepts to develop and improve the primary care in Ukraine.

First of all, I would like to thank the organizers for a well-organized and informative Conference in Rio. The keynote addresses and concurrent sessions were educative for researchers and practical physicians.

Once again, I thank to WONCA Europe Bursary, which made it possible for me to attend this Conference, and presented my research paper. I had the opportunity to discuss my research findings with delegates and network for future partnership as well. The Conference also provided me with the opportunity to discuss my research career and personal development plans with experts in the academia, and the healthcare industry. I was very interested in all of the Conference topics. The under-listed panels, symposiums and presentations I attended have broadened my research knowledge and analytical skills.


Development of family medicine through successful international partnerships around the world.

The application of social media to improve family medicine training and experiencing globally.

Cultivating a global community of family medicine teachers: exploring possibilities.

Challenges to our professional attitudes – discrepancies between high hopes, political promises and everyday reality in primary health care.

Communication skills in difficult situations in primary care.


Now I have a better and deeper understanding in what areas I have lack of information and where I should move in my professional development. I think that the most important information for me I got in the field of postgraduate education. I hope that I will be able to apply the new knowledge in the nearest time. In this Conference, I had a chance to interact and interchange scientific knowledge with renowned scholars, researchers, students, and exhibitors and enabled me to initiate collaboration with them which will be leading to improvement in my research capacity and networking with abroad.

In the end, I plan to promote the education and encourage research in the field of family medicine and its further implementation in the health care decision making process in Ukraine. We are working now on many initiatives that will hopefully change the primary care in our country to a better era.


Oleksii Korzh, The Ukrainian Family Medicine Association, Department of General Practice/Family Medicine at Kharkiv Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, a member of WONCA.